Elizabeth Warren has a plan to protect Roe vs Wade, and it is pretty damn good.

By |2019-05-17T14:05:00-08:00May 18th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments

I am borrowing this from a post Warren wrote for Medium.

If you want to read more just click that link right above this sentence.

Here is just a taste:

Roe v. Wade established a woman’s constitutional right to safe and legal abortion and has been the law of the land for over 46 years. These extremist Republican lawmakers know what the law is — but they don’t care. They want to turn back the clock, outlaw abortion, and deny women access to reproductive health care. And they are hoping the Supreme Court will back their radical play.

I’ll be blunt: It just might work. President Trump has packed the courts with extreme, anti-choice judges. Senate Republicans stole a Supreme Court seat and rammed through the confirmation of Justice Kavanaugh last year in order to cement an anti-choice majority on the Supreme Court.

Even if the Supreme Court doesn’t overrule Roe immediately, it could use these laws as an excuse to continue chipping away at this precedent. That’s been happening for decades, and it’s already had a huge effect on access. As of 2014, 90% of counties in the U.S. did not have an abortion clinic. Access to quality reproductive health services, including safe and legal abortion, is essential to a woman’s health and economic security, but systemic barriers have made it especially difficult for low-income women and women of color to get the access to reproductive care they need. Federal funds are prohibited from being used for abortion care, which disproportionately affects women of color who are more likely to experience unintended pregnancies and more likely to seek abortions.

Warren then introduces some things that Congress can do to protect Roe vs Wade, keep the courts from chipping away at it.

Create federal, statutory rights that parallel the constitutional right in Roe v. Wade. The extremists behind proposals like the Alabama law don’t reflect public opinion in America. Polling data shows that 71% of Americans oppose overturning Roe — including 52% of Republicans. Congress should do its job and protect their constituents from these efforts by establishing affirmative, statutory rights that parallel Roe vs. Wade. These rights would have at least two key components. First, they must prohibit states from interfering in the ability of a health care provider to provide medical care, including abortion services. Second, they must prohibit states from interfering in the ability of a patient to access medical care, including abortion services, from a provider that offers them.

Pass federal laws to preempt state efforts that functionally limit access to reproductive health care. States have passed countless Targeted Regulations on Abortion Providers (TRAP) laws, which are designed to functionally limit and eliminate women’s access to abortion care while not technically contravening Roe. Geographical, physical, and procedural restrictions and requirements. Restrictions on medication abortion. These kinds of restrictions are medically-unnecessary and exist for only one purpose: to functionally eliminate the ability of women to access abortion services. A bill already proposed in Congress, The Women’s Health Protection Act, would provide the mechanism to block these kinds of schemes concocted to deny women access to care. Congress should pass it.

Guarantee reproductive health coverage as part of all health coverage. All women — no matter where they live, where they’re from, how much money they make, or the color of their skin — are entitled to access the high-quality, evidence-based reproductive health care that is envisioned by Roe. Making that a reality starts with repealing the Hyde Amendment, which blocks abortion coverage for women under federally funded health care programs like Medicaid, the VA, and the Indian Health Service. Congress should also expand culturally- and linguistically-appropriate services and information and include immigrant women in conversations about coverage and access. Congress must also pass the EACH Woman Act, which would also prohibit abortion restrictions on private insurance. And we should ensure that all future health coverage — including Medicare for All — includes contraception and abortion coverage.

Ensure equal access and reproductive justice. Securing a federal right to Roe and ensuring that reproductive health care is available to every woman in America is just the beginning. We must undo the current Administration’s efforts to undermine women’s access to reproductive health care — including ending Trump’s gag rule and fully support Title X family planning funding. We must crack down on violence at abortion clinics and ensure that women are not discriminated against at work or anywhere else for the choices they made about their bodies.

This will never happen so long as the Republicans continue to control the Senate, but if we get that back these policy ideas are exactly the kinds of policies we need to protect women from Republican attempts to oppress them and strip them of their rights. 

And once again none of these other candidates seem to generate the kinds of policy ideas that Elizabeth Warren drops on a daily basis without breaking a sweat. 

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5 Comments

  1. @AOC May 18, 2019 at 8:56 am

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-gop-babies-abortion-ban_n_5cdfb265e4b00735a9171ba7

    Abortion bans aren’t just about controlling women’s bodies.

    They’re about controlling women’s sexuality. Owning women.

    From limiting birth control to banning comprehensive sex ed, US religious fundamentalists are working hard to outlaw sex that falls outside their theology.

    Ultimately, this is about women’s power.

    When women are in control of their sexuality, it threatens a core element underpinning right-wing ideology: patriarchy.

    It’s a brutal form of oppression to seize control of the 1 essential thing a person should command: their own body.

  2. WA Skeptic May 18, 2019 at 11:04 am

    Make it a federal law that all males must have vasectomies when they reach reproductive age. This will not affect their maturation procedure, but will avoid accidental pregnancies. They don’t want to wear condoms? Give them tattoos that say “No Raincoat, No Sex” right in the middle of their foreheads.

    • Anonymous May 18, 2019 at 3:01 pm

      Someone actually introduced a bill in a state senate (not sure AL maybe) that would give prison time to any male that had a vasectomy as a response to their abortion law.

  3. Anonymous May 18, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Inbreeds trying to outlaw abortion. There should be a law against that.

  4. Anonymous May 18, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    This woman should be the Democratic Party candidate for President in the coming election.

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